Lake Hodges Trail

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Lake Hodges Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Santa Fe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.5 miles
757 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running




wild flowers


over grown


5 days ago

Did half this hike until darkness came. Beautiful views but not much shade

19 days ago

Amazing views of the lake and wild life while having choices to bike, run or hike many different trails. My go to place!

24 days ago

Lake Hodges is a great place. There are many different trails there.

3 months ago

Easy, fun lake view.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Lake Hodges is my go to place for trail running and mountain biking (beginner). Lots of options and you can find more challenging routes as you get better. This location is great because I don't feel too far from civilization when I park on the Rancho Bernardo Community Park side. Can return to my car or the park for a break, refuel, and go again.

mountain biking
5 months ago

I like the view and plenty of other trails to connect with. I won't ride here on the weekend as way too many families and hiker groups on the trails but weekdays are great for a quiet non technical ride for stretching the legs.

mountain biking
5 months ago

7 months ago

Great hike, happy to see water up to the 15 freeway. The birds chirping, people out fishing.

8 months ago

Easy Trail Full Of Nice Picture Opportunities, Beautiful Flowers. Lake when it's up is Beautiful and serene!!!!!

mountain biking
9 months ago

mountain biking
Monday, December 12, 2016

Really like this trail when I want to get extra work out!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pro: Hiked from Rancho Bernardo neighborhood to Old Glory (flag on top of a hill). Great 9 mile in/out hike with spectacular views, tons of wildflowers and great bird watching. I did this hike in late March 2016.

Con: Always prefer a loop hike and this was an in/out hike. Poison oak got me :-(

Monday, May 02, 2016

Easy trail, not too many people. A nice quick and easy hike.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Will return. Great views. Challenging ascent for me, but not overwhelming. Lots of rocks (glad to have worn good hiking shoes.) Heavy traffic, dogs and families. Some bikers. Elfin Forest (no signs from road indicate Lake Hodges). Parking was packed, ended up on the highway.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Great park and trail systems. Plenty of bird watching.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Good beginners hike and awesome mountain biking. Easy access from the 15 freeway. Restaurants in campgrounds close by

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Started at the trail head from Sunset Dr. and hiked along Lake Hodges until I reached the dam and then headed back. Round trip was around 13.5 miles or so. All in all, great hike to do! No crazy inclines (you have the option of climbing Bernardo Mountain if you have the urge to summit a mountain). The first 1.5 miles or so wasn't that great as you walk parallel to the freeway and you can hear the noise of traffic. But after that, you get that peaceful loneliness with nature that most hikers crave. The trail is shared with equestrian riders and bikers, so be mindful of your surroundings. Also, watch out for rattlesnakes haha. Bring lots of water and a snack.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 09, 2013

Started at south side of lake hodges did a 7.7 mile loop across bridge 6.7.13 water super low today. very fast trail mostly downhill first half . creek crossing around 1 mile in. cactus . sycamore trees and great views of lake from upper trail. ended up at a parking lot and followed a trail south of boat launch where an old rusty car was .. looped back on lower trail. slight incline then mostly flat. did 7.7 miles in under an hour great fast trail with great views! stay on trails as I heard several rattlesnakes. if hiking bring hiking stick to protect yourself from snakes just in case.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hiked to the Ribbon Bridge and and on over along the trail and back for several miles. Very enjoyable.

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